According to a Sept. 3 post from MMA Fighting, The scheduled welterweight finale of Spike TV's 'Fight Master' between UFC veteran Joe Riggs and fellow Strikeforce vet Mike Bronzoulis on Saturday's Bellator 98 main card has been postponed due to a horrific eye injury suffered by the former.
“My sparring partner threw a high kick and I blocked it, but his toe went through my head gear,” said the 30-year-old Riggs. “I was in horrible pain and they had to pry my eye open to see the damage.”
Despite Riggs' injury, the Bellator 98 event will still go down on Sept. 7 at Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.
The weigh-in and pre-fight press conference for Bellator MMA will take place Friday at 5:00 p.m. at The Cabaret Theater inside the Mohegan Sun Casino.
Bellator MMA will take place from Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday, Sept. 7th with the first fight taking place at 6:00 p.m. and streaming live on Spike.com.
The televised portion of the night will begin at 8:00 p.m. and will air live on Spike TV.
Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko fights Brett Cooper in the Bellator 98 main event, and Joe Warren takes on Nick Kirk in the co-main.
All participants from Saturday night’s event will be on hand, as well as Bellator CEO & Chairman Bjorn Rebney.
The event will be emceed by Bellator cage announcer Michael C. Williams and Bellator color commentator Jimmy Smith.
As always the weigh-in is open to both the public and media. Bellator MMA ring girls Jade Bryce and Mercedes Terrell are also expected to be on hand for the Bellator 98 weigh-ins, as well as the fights.
"I can be ready [to fight] in October or [on] Nov. 2, if they need me,” said Riggs.
26 MMA fighters are expected to weigh in on Sept. 6 at Mohegan Sun, in anticipation of Bellator 98.
Here's a look at the full Bellator 98 card.
Bellator Middleweight World Title Fight: Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko (47-7) vs. Brett Cooper (19-8)
Bellator Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal: Joe Warren (8-3) vs. Nick Kirk (10-2)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Justin Torrey (9-0) vs. Andreas Spang (8-3)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Jeremy Kimball (10-3) vs. Perry Filkins (7-1)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Brian Rogers (10-5) vs. Mikkel Parlo (9-1)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Jason Butcher (6-0) vs. Giva Santana (18-2)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Derek Anderson (8-0) vs. Patricky Pitbull (10-4)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Jeff Nader (5-5) vs. Mike Mucitelli (5-0)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Dave Vitkay (12-12) vs. Brennan Ward (5-1)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Andrew Calandrelli (6-3) vs. Ryan Quinn (7-4-1)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Nick Piedmont (8-3-1) vs. Matt Bessette (11-4)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Glenn Allair (3-1) vs. Rico Disciullo (Debut)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Josh Diekman (12-5) vs. Parker Porter (5-3)